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boehner proposed leaders establish a framework in the next six weeks for wide scale reform of the tax code, medicare, and social security in 2013. e e goal would be to set specific targets now for savings from those reforms. msat would negate the need for cutp spending cuts congress called for last year that are set to kick in on january 1, the reme day the bush tax cuts are set to expire. that damaging combo has been wnme to be known as the fiscal cliff. while democrats often balling at day mention of entitlement reform, today nancy pelosi signaled a new openness. >> do we want to have savings from everything that we do? certainly? so we need revenue, we need savings, we need growth. > reporter: leader pelosi said tere appeared to be interest in a big deal, about four trillion rsllars worth of deficit reductions along the lines of the grand bargain that fell part wean the president and tpeaker boehner last year, rethony. >> mason: nancy, there are just 46 days until the new year. what can they really hope to ?ccomplish in that time? >> reporter: well, i think what they're hoping for an is
boehner or the president leave behind when they leave office if they can't get a deal done and what about a second term compromising and going your own route. >> terrific point. the big things that have happened in our country's history, the big pieces of legislation have either come when we've had enormous majorities of one party or the other, the great society, president johnson and a huge land side, lying majorities in congress, or with a compromise. what we've not had historically is closely fought vague important things happen. big reform. and in this case the president has the senate but he also has a republican house. and so i think and i'll look at this from thomas jefferson, you look at it with ronald reagan it goes all the way through, presidents who manage to give as well as to take particularly in a second term do the best. >> john your said in your article that the president should be careful about the conventional wisdom for second terms for presidents. what did you mean? >> i don't think he should climb under his desk and hide. i don't think he should
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